Timeless pillars dismantled to slivers and shards,

No apology or appreciation, just betrayal

Tossed into a heap of oblivion,

relics of things forgotten slowly disappear

Useless refuse or outdated rubbish,

progress or desecration, you make the call

Does ignorance forgive the unforgivable,

or does a strong memory undo the crime?

Pulled from the wreckage, purpose reclaimed,

something new the pillars became

Detail of Ai Weiwei’s Kippe, 2006

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Words by c.b.w. 2013

Photo captured at an exhibition entitled, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” in July 2013

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Special Note: New Familiars will return soon. While in the midst of the Writer’s Digest Poem A Day Challenge my muse is finding it difficult to construct any sort of narrative!

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c.b.w. 2013


4 thoughts on “Reinvented

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by repurposing objects. I like how all the ‘slivers and shards’ of the ‘Timeless pillars’ fit together so beautifully in Weiwei’s piece. One wants to feel the textures and colors.


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